The season opened with four fish caught in late May. Richard Carr, caught his first ever salmon and the first of the season here at Ballynahinch a 2.5kg fish. Three others were also recorded on during May one from our fishing guide Cyril Biggins at 2.7kg, Tom McManus landed a 1.8kg fish and the highlight was Seamus O’Neill from Cavan landing a 6.3kg fish.
Numbers of fish moving through the system in June have been good due to the waters rising. 13 fish were caught in the week ending the 18th of June with a further 10 hooked and lost.
There are also strong numbers of sea trout moving through the system.04.08.2015
The week ending July 25th was the most prolific of the month, producing 11 fish in the seven days of fishing. A notable day being the 21st of the month, in which Jack Meredith managed to land 3 fine fish, the best weighing somewhere in the region of 12 lbs.
Since the 25th, the fishing has slowed down on the river. Perpetual high water and gale force winds have made for tough fishing on the system, with the week ending August 1st producing 6 hard earned fish. There is plenty of water in the river at present, and with the size of the tides at the moment we are hopeful for another good run of Grilse. There are 60 fish in the book as of August 3rd, with plenty more fish being seen throughout the river.
A stormy start to July saw the river rise significantly, and it has held its height throughout the first part of the month. The high water has made for tougher fishing with only 9 fish taken from the week ending 11-07-2015, however it has also brought a good number of fish into the system. Silver, black and blue were the flavour of the week, with Silver stoats and Badgers taking the majority of the fish. With the high water holding for the foreseeable future, we are looking forward to the fishing over the next couple of days.
The season at Ballynahinch got off the mark on the 4th of May this year, with Stephen Cullinane landing a fine fresh fish of 9lbs, on a Black Shrimp variant. The rest of May was tough going, with high water and cool temperatures, however those who persisted were rewarded. Myles McDowell and his son Colin were rewarded with 2 beautiful fish over 4 days, both taken on a heavy Posh Tosh bottle tube. However as June approached, water levels receded slightly and temperatures rose, and May ended with a flurry of fish being caught.
June started well with a few fish early on in the month. The highlight of these early fish being the stunning 13lb salmon caught on the 10th of the month, by Mr Gamondi on a Riffle Hitch, in low water conditions. The low water conditions continued for the majority of the month, yet despite what looked to be unfavorable conditions, the river produced fish almost daily. A special mention to Nicky Strauss who landed two fine fish within an hour on Beat 1 on the 29th of the month, following up this brace with another lovely fresh fish on the 3rd of July.
July has started promisingly, with fish being taken daily. A congratulations to Terry Strange of the USA, who landed his first
Atlantic salmon ever, on the 3rd of July from Sna Beg. A fantastic specimen weighing in at 14 3/4 lb, the largest of the season so far. Water conditions are ideal at present, with the system being topped up by showers quite regularly.